Travelling during pregnancy

Are the two of you planning a final holiday before having a baby? Travel is generally not a problem during pregnancy, but here are few things you need to remember.

Air Travel

We recommend that you wear support stocking during the flight. You should also drink sufficient fluid and walk around approx. once an hour (thrombosis prophylaxis). The majority of airlines require you to have a special permit ("medical clearance", IATA 1986) from the 36th week of pregnancy.

Car trips

Take regular breaks during longer trips. Your reaction time may decrease over the course of your pregnancy. In this case, it is better to let someone get behind the wheel.

Holiday destination

You should observe the following criteria when selecting your holiday destination:

  • Unfamiliar climates and high temperatures put additional strain on your circulation during pregnancy.
  • Oxygen levels in the mountains decrease at elevations of 2500 metres or more above sea level.

Clarify whether your health insurance provider covers medical care at your holiday destination of choice.